Caramelized Baked Chicken Recipe

This caramelized baked chicken recipe is a mouthwatering combination of sweet and savory flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. With a crispy caramelized exterior and juicy, tender meat, this dish is sure to become a family favorite.


  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or lightly grease it with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, black pepper, paprika, and red pepper flakes (if using). This will be your marinade and sauce.
  3. Place the chicken thighs in a large resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish. Pour half of the marinade over the chicken, making sure each piece is well coated. Reserve the remaining marinade for later use.
  4. Allow the chicken to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or ideally up to 4 hours, to allow the flavors to infuse.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the marinated chicken thighs, skin side down, and sear for about 3-4 minutes until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Flip the chicken and sear the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  6. Transfer the seared chicken thighs to the prepared baking dish, skin side up. Pour the reserved marinade over the chicken.
  7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  8. Once done, remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  9. Garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions, if desired, before serving. Enjoy your delicious caramelized baked chicken!
  10. Serve hot with your favorite sides like rice, roasted vegetables, or a fresh salad.

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